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Apr 21, 2013

Renoir Actually Painting... (1915)



Someday I would like an assistant to hand me my brushes too.

Enjoy,

Thomas

7 reader comments:

billsharp said...

More like a movie of him smoking.

Thomas Kitts said...

Ha! With some artists it is hard to tell the difference.

BTW, note Renoir's extreme arthritis. That is why everything is being handed to him...

Judy P. said...

A couple of strokes, then they're all ears hearing any little tidbit! Painting isn't a solitary and lonely process for Renoir, that's for certain.

Thomas Kitts said...

Well, in defense of the clip I posted, we don't have any context to put it in. We don't know who the people are that are handing him the brushes and palette and cigarettes. But we do know his wife would have recently died by now and his son would be close by helping him.

I just thought the clip was sweet. 1915 is long after Renoir fell out of favor in the art world. And here he is being lionized...

Judy P. said...

It is a sweet clip, I didn't mean anything harsh. A lion in winter should be lauded so, especially to lessen any sting from a fickle, foolish art world.
Thanks for showing it!

Thomas Kitts said...

Judy, you are welcome. It is almost a truism that the artist who is lauded in his day is forgotten towards the end. The art world is less fickle than it is reactionary and by 1915, when this movie was shot, WWI was on it's way -- with all the innocence lost as a result. It was shot two years after the Armory Show in America, which means Modernism had already taken firm hold in Europe. Not that Modernism is bad, per se, but it was a huge shift away from the principles of French Impressionism. But then, FI was considered to be outrageous in its day as well...

Celeste Bergin said...

this is a nice find! thanks for sharing it.